Parent to Parent
A networking group of parents who have children with disabilites, young and old.
Wednesday, October 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sally Stigel, Cindy Wrobleski and Lindsey Schonauer-Howard
Pizza, Pop and Chips will be provided!
(Social Distancing observed)
Please rsvp to:
Cindy: 419-774-5520 ext. 2800
Lindsey: 419-774-5520 ext. 2018
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors met for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, hearing from the Teaching and Learning Department, as well as approving a personnel contract.
Lynn Meister, Director of Teaching and Learning, presented to the Board about the progress of the newly formed department, which is in its second year. The Department is currently contracted with five districts, Crestline, Lucas, Madison, Mansfield, and Northmor, to provide customized support and services, focusing on Ohio’s Content Standards and evidence-based practices linked to proven school improvement systems and strategies. She said this creates a clear focus for each district, provides exceptional support for administrators and teachers, and ensures effective practices are done with fidelity.
Meister also highlighted how the Department is providing services for Mid-Ohio’s two state literacy grants: the Striving Readers Grant, which is in its final year, and the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (CLSD), which is in the first of four years. She noted the CLSD will create model sites for literacy instruction at Plymouth-Shiloh Elementary and Mansfield City’s Springmill STEM Elementary.
In addition to the work with districts purchasing T&L’s in-depth services, the team offers no-cost services to all Mid-Ohio districts: networking meetings, virtual classrooms for explicit math instruction, ODE virtual meetings on a variety of topics, and online classrooms at various levels explaining how to engage students with technology in the traditional classroom or online. As an additional service this year, the Department will provide support to districts to create a critical component of Ohio’s new teacher evaluation system: required assessments to collect High-Quality Student Data (HQSD) for the evaluation process.
Meister also pointed out the efforts of the Department’s Gifted Team, Mid-Ohio’s team of consultants who provide expert, personalized support in their assigned districts, offering a wide variety of services to students, teachers, administrators, and parents, including testing and identifying gifted students. The team also offers a variety of student events and professional development for teachers, including specialized sessions in each district, regional book studies, and Google classrooms.
The Board also approved the hiring of Mark DeLaney, Jr. to serve as the College & Career Readiness Coach at Mansfield Senior High School. He will be assisting students in grades 6 through 12 with making sound choices about their post-graduation future and developing and promoting graduation pathway opportunities for students.
Nikia Fletcher, Director of Career and Technical Education at Mansfield, said, “When Mr. DeLaney interviewed it was clear he had a great deal of transferable knowledge and skills. His experience with workforce development coupled with his history as a high school administrator, pushed him ahead of the other potential candidates. Mark is approachable, energetic, driven, and relatable. All four qualities that are essential for our student population and our district as a whole. We are excited to have Mark in the district!”
Mr. DeLaney said assisting Mansfield’s students takes an individualized approach. “More and more, we’re learning that students are coming up short when it comes to specific post-secondary readiness. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach, rather providing students of all abilities, backgrounds, and passions a customized pathway that will empower them to create a future that feels right to them.”
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is proud to host author Todd Stanley for a gifted educator professional development seminar. The training, based on Stanley’s book, Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom, will be held September 24th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can choose to attend either in-person at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center or via Zoom conference and will earn 6 hours of gifted professional development.
For convenience, the seminar will be recorded for those who wish to participate at a later date. Those interested in this third option, will still need to register for the virtual seminar. Upon registration and receipt of payment, participants will receive a link to the seminar content. Prior to receiving a certificate for 6 gifted PD hours, participants will share their draft Project-Based Learning plan with their gifted coordinator.
While this presentation will be designed specifically to target gifted students, the principles and learning will apply to all students, so any interested educators are invited to attend. As a stand-alone follow up to this session, Stanley’s book will be offered by Mid-Ohio ESC as an online book study in January 2021.
Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books like Project-Based Learning and others including When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, Authentic Learning: Real World Experiences that Build 21st Century Skills, Using Rubrics for Performance-Based Assessment, and his latest, Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning. Todd served as a classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the Gifted Services Coordinator for Pickerington Local School District and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching gifted education.
Registration is open now. Contact Leanna Ferreira at (419) 774-5520 ext. 2481 to find out more information or go to www.moesc.net/register to register. The cost for client districts is $25 per individual and $45 for non-members. Lunch will be on your own. The deadline for registration is September 18th.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to announce they will be hosting a new positive behavior support series taking place September through January. Two different formats will be offered to registrants. One series will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center. A second series will be offered where all training days will be held virtually. More information about the virtual workshop will be forthcoming.
Participants will learn strategies that will help educators clarify their vision of student expectations, increase classroom organization, directly teach behavioral expectations, increase student motivation, monitor behavior in the classroom, and respond consistently and productively to misbehavior using class-wide strategies that increase student responsibility. The professional development series is designed for grades K through 8th grade, using the book, CHAMPS: a Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management.
CHAMPS is an acronym meaning:
Conversation: May students converse during this activity? About What? With whom? For how long?
Help: How do students get your attention? How do students get questions answered? What do they do while they wait for you?
Activity: What is the expected end product of the activity? What is the task or objective?
Movement: For what reasons may students get out of their seats? Do they need to ask permission?
Participation: What behavior shows students are participating or not participating?
Success: If students are following the CHAMPS method they will be successful.
Jen Crum, MOESC Director of Student Services, said she is excited about what this program offers. “Districts are requesting professional development and strategies to support behavioral needs at the classroom level. I am pleased that Mid-Ohio has and continues to offer evidence-based behavior frameworks such as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support trainings, like CHAMPS.”
Ang Fetter, Special Education Consultant, will be the presenter. She specializes in professional development that promotes positive behavioral outcomes for children and youth. With over 10 years of experience serving students, families, and communities impacted by high poverty and its traumatic effects, Fetter brings an authentic, real-life appreciation of the relentless challenges faced by educators within today’s difficult learning environments.
Fetter is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree as an Intervention Specialist with a moderate to intensive licensure. She completed a Master of Education focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a graduate certificate specializing in Restorative Practices from The International Institution for Restorative Practices.
There are three sessions: September 17, 2020, November 20, 2020, and January 8, 2021. Each is a full day of training from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch on your own. It is preferred that participants attend all three trainings, and there is credit available through Ashland University. Each session is free for clients or $185 per person for non-clients.
Registration is open now for the September session. Contact MOESC at (419) 774-5520 to find out more information or go to www.moesc.net/register to register.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center will be hosting Crisis Prevention Institute, or CPI, training. The refresher CPI course will be held September 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while the initial CPI training will be held on September 30th at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These are in-person training sessions that will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. 4th Street in Mansfield.
The program is a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help human service professionals provide the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control individuals even during their most violent moments.
Participants in the initial training should wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. During the physical interactions, participants will wash hands, wear nitrile gloves, and remain with the same partner(s) through the duration of the training. You must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines attesting to your wellness, having your temperature checked and wearing a mask. Personal Protective Equipment will be available. In addition to successfully demonstrating the application of physical intervention skills, individuals will be required to pass a post-test prior to being certified.
For the initial training, registration is limited to 10 participants for safety.
Physical holds are not practiced by participants in the refresher course but rather reviewed visually through demonstrations by the instructor. Registration for the refresher course is also limited to 40 participants, and everyone must follow the same COVID-19 guidelines attesting to your wellness, having your temperature checked and wearing a mask.
Interested participants may sign up at MOESC website, www.moesc.net/register. Client/Member cost for either the refresher or the initial course is $60.00, while non-client cost is $75.00. Anyone with questions about the training may contact Wendy Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is proud to host the Ohio Resident Educator Mentor Training on September 16th and 17th, which will be held virtually. This training provides educators with opportunities to reflect on how their instruction and assessment practices impact student learning. This system of support includes working with a state-certified mentor.
The first day introduces participants to mentoring in Ohio’s Resident Educator Program, with particular emphasis on the Mentor/Resident Educator relationship. During the second day, educators are introduced to first year curricular responsibilities of instructional mentors and Resident Educators in Ohio’s Resident Educator Program. Both days of training will start at 8:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.
The training will be conducted by ODE Resident Educator Credentialed Trainers Linda Williams and Lisa Kuhar. Training materials will be delivered to the attendees prior to the virtual training.
Interested teachers can sign up via STARS on the Ohio Department of Education website. If you need help registering, contact STARS.SUPPORT@education.ohio.gov. The cost is $85.00 per day or $170 total. Teachers that want to be certified as a mentor must attend both days.
Anyone with questions about the resident educator mentor training should direct them to Leigh Gribble at 419-774-2504 or email@example.com.
Abraxas School of Ohio and FIRST, alternative placement partners of Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, have immediate openings for substitute teachers at both schools at the rate of $140 per day.
Abraxas serves up to 100 students with drug and alcohol dependency or delinquency issues, and a maximum of 10 students in a behavioral health unit. FIRST School serves up to 80 female students ages 12-17, along with a small unit of 8-12 male students. Students are generally referred to FIRST by social and children’s services agencies in their home counties and are often in the custody of these agencies, with acute mental health needs.
If you are interested in subbing in these facilities, but still have questions, you can call Shelly Patrick, Abraxas Principal, at 419-747-3322, ext. 71572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Vanessa Wagner, FIRST Principal at 419-589-5511 or email email@example.com. Anyone wanting to be added to the sub list for either Abraxas or FIRST must email Kathy Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-774-5520.
Abraxas is also hiring for an Intervention Specialist, teaching Integrated English for grades 7-12 and Integrated Math for grades 7-12. Candidates need to have an Intervention Specialist license. Interested people may apply through the Mid-Ohio ESC website. Anyone with questions concerning the position may contact Patrick at Abraxas.
Private Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) Programs include the Abraxas School and FIRST School, which are funded through the Ohio Department of Education Private Residential Treatment Facility Pilot Program to operate the academic program at two of the three PRTF sites: Abraxas, located east of Shelby and FIRST, located west of Lucas. These programs are also supported through Title 1-D (Delinquent) funds administered by Mid-Ohio ESC. Mid-Ohio ESC partners with the residential treatment program administration and staff to deliver an educational program that meets the requirement of the Ohio Department of Education for students in correctional facilities.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, in conjunction with Galion City Schools, has been awarded two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, one for Galion’s elementary schools (the Primary and Intermediate buildings, collectively) and one for the Galion Middle School. Each grant award is in the amount of $200,000 per year. Since they are renewable for five years, Galion City Schools has the potential to bring in $2 million in grant money. The grants will provide before and after-school programs for Galion City School students in grades K through 8, including students from Galion’s St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant program provides opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families to receive academic and positive youth development supports. These programs must focus on helping students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math, and offering students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs.
For the Elementary, the program will offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.(i.e. math, positive youth development, and parental engagement). Galion Public Library will be a collaborative community partner helping with the Elementary programs. For the Middle School, these programs will focus on college and career readiness and dropout prevention strategies, as well as additional supports and programming as required under the grant (i.e. reading, math, positive youth development, and parental engagement). Galion has brought the Crawford Success Center on board to assist with the Middle School programs.
Since the awards were just announced earlier this month, details are still being worked out for the specifics of the programs. The plan is to start the before and after-school programs in October, which will then run through the spring. Information on how parents can sign up for the programs will also be released in the forthcoming weeks.
Mid-Ohio ESC will oversee the grants by serving as the fiscal agent and assist in that facilitation of the grant activities to ensure compliance. Mid-Ohio also assisted in recruiting Dr. Sandra Powell, a retired former Galion City Schools administrator, to oversee these programs.
"We are incredibly grateful for all the work and time that the MOESC staff and leadership dedicated to helping the Galion City Schools secure the 21st CCLC grants," Galion Superintendent Jennifer Allerding said. "These grants give us the capability to offer programming that is critically important to the success of our Galion students."
Kevin D. Kimmel, Mid-Ohio Superintendent, also expressed his excitement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Galion City Schools to increase and improve their outreach to students. We are thrilled to be a partner in this and to see Galion students flourish with their 21st Century Community Learning Center.”
Network meetings are designed to provide a combination of professional learning, ODE updates, networking with peers and collaborative problem-solving.
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